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19 April 2020

Easter 2A Sermon: Tested Genuine

Preached on 1 Peter 1:3–9
The Second Sunday of Easter (Series A)
A Spoken Order of Morning Prayer (LSB 235)
19 April AD 2020

Video: Click to view the YouTube video of Tested Genuine. Morning Prayer from the Lutheran Service Book begins with the Verse (235), the Psalmody (LSB 235–237) with the Venite and Psalm 148, and the Readings with Responses (LSB 238). The sermon starts at the 9:35 mark. The service concludes with the Benedictus (LSB 238–240), Collect of the Day, Prayer of the Church, Collect for Grace (LSB 241), Lord’s Prayer, Benedicamus (LSB 241), and Benediction (LSB 242).

1 Peter 1:3–9 Summary: We join Peter in blessing “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” because He sent His Son to die for us, forgive our sins, and give us the gift of everlasting life. This salvation is ours by faith in Jesus.

However, our faith isn’t completely fulfilled until the Last Day. Then we will finally receive the fulness of our inheritance.

Until then, we’ll face trials and temptations because we are still weak and sinful. Many will also endure testing especially because of their faith in Christ. No matter the cause or source of our trials, Peter compares them to the “testing” or refining process where precious gold is separated from rocks and base metals.

Yet there’s an important difference. Gold may be lost or stolen. Given a hot enough fire, it can even be burned away. But the faith that endures through our trials is “more precious” because faith is what receives God’s gift of salivation in Christ. When we triumph through earthly testing, Jesus presents us to His Father as complete pure and infinitely more valuable that the costliest of precious metals.

Text: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith — more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3–9

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Video: Click to view the YouTube video of Tested Genuine. Sermon begins at the 9:35 mark.

Other Readings: Psalm 148; Acts 5:29–42; John 20:19–31

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